Linda Cook

Linda Cook

""It keeps me sharp. On the edge. Where I belong." -- Heat."

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Biography:
Have written reviews since 1987 for the Quad-City Times newspaper in Davenport, Iowa. Have appeared regularly since 1994 on KWQC-TV, local NBC affiliate; and STAR 93.5 FM. Teach criminal justice and composition at local university.
Favorites:
All time favorite: "Harvey" with Jimmy Stewart. Other favorites: "Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction," "Babe," "E.T.," "Blazing Saddles," "Memento," "Gladiator," "L.A. Confidential," "Dead Man," "U-Turn," "El Mariachi," "Amelie," "The Women," "A.I.," "Minority Report," "A Beautiful Mind," "Spider-Man," "Jurassic Park," "Bambi," "The Sugarland Express," "A New Leaf," "Heat," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "sex, lies and videotape," "Thelma and Louise," "Man on Wire," "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill," "Capturing the Friedmans," "Wall-E," "Lars and the Real Girl," and about a zillion others.
Publications:
KWQC-TV (Iowa) , Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Critics' Group:
Broadcast Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
2204
Total QuickRatings:
475
Location:
Iowa

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/4 —— Igor & the Cranes' Journey " Tender and uplifting, 'Igor & the Cranes' Journey' is an incredible story about love and determination that will make your heart soar." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/4 40% Tusk (2014) " The audience for this truly unique exercise in film - I refuse to call it a 'movie' - consists mostly of Kevin Smith fans. There's a little bit of 'The Human Centipede' here, mixed with more than a dollop of 'Misery.'" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2.5/4 36% The November Man (2014) " This is R-rated territory. So move over, Bond and Bourne." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 14, 2014
3/4 71% Forrest Gump (2014) " For its 20th anniversary, 'Forrest Gump' is being rereleased for one week in the IMAX format nationwide, including at Rave Cinemas, Davenport. Here is my review from July 1994: Garp + Zelig x Chance = Gump." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 14, 2014
3.5/4 73% The German Doctor (2014) " A thriller with a historical basis, 'The German Doctor' is a somewhat fictionalized glimpse at a ghastly real-life villain." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 14, 2014
.5/4 7% The Identical (2014) " Fans of bad movies, please note: This is a must-see. This is so bad it must be seen to be believed - 'Showgirls' bad, a vision that slowly goes wrong, then terribly wrong, then hits disaster levels. In a sense, it's an Ed Wood-ian exercise in wrong." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 14, 2014
4/4 80% Aftermath (2013) " A mystery, a drama, and a dark glimpse at real events from Poland's history combine in this compelling, sobering film." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 14, 2014
3.5/4 88% The Drop (2014) " Dennis Lahane, why did you wait so long?" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 14, 2014
3/4 71% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) " How can you not like a movie as good-hearted as this one?" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 14, 2014
3/4 37% If I Stay (2014) " If 'Begin Again' and 'Just Like Heaven' were to reproduce, their offspring would be 'If I Stay,' a solid drama that's as much about understanding what's important in life as it is about falling in love." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Aug 23, 2014
3/4 46% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Story-wise, it doesn't quite hold up to the original 'Sin City.' But 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' will still entertain fans of the original film that dazzled grownup viewers with its violence and the look of Miller's graphic 'noir' novels." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Aug 23, 2014
4/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " Recommending a movie without a plot sounds ludicrous. That is, unless the movie is 'Boyhood' and the movie was written and directed by Richard Linklater, whose 'Before Sunrise,' 'Before Sunset' and 'Before Midnight' are beloved by so many film-goers." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Aug 19, 2014
3.5/4 35% The Giver (2014) " You purists out there will have to decide for yourselves whether you want to see this adaptation of the Lois Lowry classic that's often read and discussed in middle schools " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2.5/4 43% Step Up: All In (2014) " You know what's fun about old-school dance movies? They're happy. Even when someone is sad, you know that dancing somehow will make things right again." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Aug 13, 2014
.5/4 19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Transformers' is a hollow shell of a movie. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3.5/4 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " As satisfying as your mom's favorite casserole, 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' is the cinematic equivalent of comfort food. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3.5/4 79% Get On Up (2014) " Sometimes the star outshines the screenplay." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Aug 3, 2014
4/4 44% Wish I Was Here (2014) " An intensely intimate look at life, death and what falls in between, Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here' is a touching, realistic look at a family in crisis." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Aug 3, 2014
3.5/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " The audience applauded. All ages, all walks of life, got hooked on a feeling - a feeling of delight - that 'Guardians of the Galaxy' delivers." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/4 60% Hercules (2014) " Often dumb as a box of rocks, but still likable and fun, "Hercules" is an entertaining frenzy of battle action and full-on comedy." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 29, 2014
4/4 —— Pandas: The Journey Home " Just because the subject matter is cute, don't think that 'Pandas: The Journey Home' is for little kids. It's about a highly organized, scientific initiative to save a vanishing creature that's arguably one of the cutest inhabitants of the world." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 29, 2014
4/4 82% Begin Again (2014) " People who love music, people who love great films, and people who love both, are sure to love 'Begin Again,' an exquisite film by John Carney, who wrought the equally superb 'Once.'" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 26, 2014
3.5/4 66% Lucy (2014) " An eye-popping fever dream of a science-fiction movie, 'Lucy' is one of the best movies screenwriter/director Luc Besson has wrought." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 26, 2014
.5/4 0% Persecuted (2014) " Woe to the filmmakers of 'Persecuted.'" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 22, 2014
1.5/4 18% Sex Tape (2014) " 'Sex Tape' should be erased." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 22, 2014
3.5/4 58% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " Whoever 'Saw' this franchise coming? " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 22, 2014
3.5/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is an intelligent war movie with themes of politics, leadership, trust and betrayal." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 12, 2014
3/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " While I was watching "Earth to Echo," I remembered back to when I was 11. It was a time when I was satisfied with watching live-action and animated 'family' fare, decades before 'Explorers,' 'E.T.' and 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind.'" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 8, 2014
2.5/4 27% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " The most intriguing part of this movie, and the most hair-raising, is a paragraph at the end." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 8, 2014
3/4 25% Tammy (2014) " Here's a 'lite' version of other movies that have made Melissa McCarthy almost a household name." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 8, 2014
4/4 87% The Attack (2013) " A sort of mystery in reverse, 'The Attack' is both a character study and a love story. It's also about terrorism and the driving forces behind catastrophic acts." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 2, 2014
3/4 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " If you'd like to see a film version of the stage production of 'Jersey Boys,' then you won't be disappointed with director Clint Eastwood's movie. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " What can you say about a movie that pokes fun at itself except 'Pass me the popcorn?' Because '22 Jump Street' is great grownup popcorn-movie fun!" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jun 16, 2014
3.5/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Every bit as endearing as the original, if not even more stirring, 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' is full of humor, loss, adventure and romance. In other words, it has the same themes, lovable characters and beautiful look that made the original a hit." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3.5/4 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " If 'Groundhog Day' and 'District 9' had an offspring, it would be 'Edge of Tomorrow,' an action-packed science-fiction romp. The story, which is based on 'All You Need is Kill,' a Japanese graphic novel, is whip-smart. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3.5/4 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " 'The Fault in Our Stars' is today's younger generation's 'Love Story,' a famous romance from the 1970s." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3.5/4 88% Chef (2014) " 'Chef' is a fresh, character-driven comedy with a father-son relationship at the center. It's a recipe for those who are weary of CGI battle scenes." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jun 2, 2014
2.5/4 48% Maleficent (2014) " 'Maleficent' is to 'Sleeping Beauty' as 'Wicked' is to 'The Wizard of Oz.'" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 30, 2014
4/4 92% The Retrieval (2014) " It's not a coming-of-age movie, and it's not a slavery movie. Nor is 'The Retrieval' a Civil War movie. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 27, 2014
.5/4 13% Blended (2014) " Want to help pay for a multi-millionaire's family vacation? Then buy a ticket to 'Blended' and help Adam Sandler." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 25, 2014
3.5/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Even in the Marvel universe, the question of whether we can control our own fate arises. 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is a star-studded, beautifully written film with both smarts and brawn. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " It doesn't have a mean bone in its overly long body of a script. The touch of Disney, a family-friendly PG rating and a baseball story add up to a crowd-pleaser in 'Million Dollar Arm.'" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 19, 2014
3/4 73% Godzilla (2014) " While it may not be the most gargantuan movie of the summer, "Godzilla" certainly is a force to be reckoned with." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 16, 2014
4/4 86% Under the Skin (2014) " If you're looking for a solid, mainstream movie that's easily understood and appreciated ... you'd better stop reading right now." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 10, 2014
2.5/4 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " Oz has its moments, even to this day." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 10, 2014
3/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " A kind of raunchy coming-of-age movie about grownups, 'Neighbors' touches upon responsibility and the very definition of being an adult." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 10, 2014
4/4 —— Mysteries Of The Unseen World (2013) " I have one issue with 'Mysteries of the Unseen World.' It isn't long enough. Stunning in its images that reveal what we cannot see around us, this movie is so enthralling I wish it had at least one more hour added to its 50-minute running time. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 1, 2014
3.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " The web of intrigue, action, romance and mystery continues to weave another entertaining episode about our friendly neighborhood hero in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.'" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Apr 30, 2014
3/4 24% The Other Woman (2014) " Make no mistake about it: This is a mean-spirited movie. But because the whole idea of the show is about women set on revenge, it remains funny and breezy despite its shallow characters. It follows in the female footsteps of 'Bridesmaids.'" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Apr 28, 2014
2/4 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " And here it is: 'The Raid: Jr.' Paul Walker's untimely death doubtless will draw an audience that wants to remember him and see him for one of the last times onscreen. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Apr 28, 2014
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